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Allied World Announces Approval of 35% Dividend Increase, New $500 Million Share Repurchase Authorization and Three-for-One Stock Split

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG (NYSE:AWH) announced today that its shareholders approved the following proposals at the Annual Shareholder Meeting:

  • An annual dividend increase of 35%, from $2.00 per share to $2.70 per share (pre-split). The new $2.70 dividend amount is on a pre-split basis and the annual amount after the stock split takes place will be $0.90 per share. The first of the four approved installments is expected to be paid in July 2014.
  • A new $500 million share repurchase program. The new $500 million program will supersede the 2012 share repurchase program and no further repurchases will be made under the 2012 share repurchase program.
  • A three-for-one stock split. Shareholders of record as of May 12, 2014 will receive two additional common shares for each common share owned. These additional shares will be credited to shareholders’ accounts on May 22, 2014. When the market opens on May 23, 2014, its value will reflect the impact of the split.

About Allied World Assurance Company

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG, through its subsidiaries and brand known as Allied World, is a global provider of innovative property, casualty and specialty insurance and reinsurance solutions. Allied World offers superior client service through a global network of offices and branches. All of Allied World's rated insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries are rated A by A.M. Best Company, A by Standard & Poor's, and A2 by Moody's, and our Lloyd's Syndicate 2232 is rated A+ by Standard & Poor's and Fitch.

Please visit the following for further information on Allied World: Web: www.awac.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/alliedworld | LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/Allied-World.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Any forward-looking statements made in this press release reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in these statements. For example, our forward-looking statements could be affected by pricing and policy term trends; increased competition; the adequacy of our loss reserves; negative rating agency actions; greater frequency or severity of unpredictable catastrophic events; the impact of acts of terrorism and acts of war; the company or its subsidiaries becoming subject to significant income taxes in the United States or elsewhere; changes in regulations or tax laws; changes in the availability, cost or quality of reinsurance or retrocessional coverage; adverse general economic conditions; and judicial, legislative, political and other governmental developments, as well as management's response to these factors, and other factors identified in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We are under no obligation (and expressly disclaim any such obligation) to update or revise any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Contacts:

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG
Media:
Noelle Campbell, +1-646-794-0544
Assistant Vice President, Director of Public Relations
Noelle.campbell@awacservices.com
or
Faye Cook, +1-441-278-5406
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Faye.cook@awac.com
or
Investors:
Sarah Doran, +1-646-794-0590
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer
Sarah.doran@awac.com
Website: www.awac.com

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